Monday, February 15, 2010

The Olympic Project

Track found by Derek Randles near Packwood, WA

If you aren't aware of the Olympic Project, you might want to be.

The following is the OP's description of itself from their website: "The Olympic Project is a comprehensive, systematic camera trap program consisting of thirty plus cameras placed along predatory travel routes throughout the Olympic Mountains. Our primary focus is to obtain a series of crystal clear photographs of Sasquatch in their natural environment."

Richard Germeau, peace officer (and friend of the 'squatch) initially thought of the the OP, and Derek Randles, Brian Rasmussen, and Robert Johnson added their expertise to the team. The sponsor of this project is none other than Wally Hersom, the benefactor of the BFRO, making the OP another branch of the Hersom Project: a loose network of bigfoot researchers who Wally has generously sponsored in their pursuits.

Cliff Barackman, Derek Randles, and Wally Hersom at the PG filmsite.

Mr. Hersom has supplied the OP team with thirty high quality trail cameras to position throughout the Olympic Peninsula on ridge lines where apex predators are likely to travel. The OP team strategically places the cameras to monitor choke points and other obvious travel routes on these ridges.

So far the results have been promising. While looking at the OP's website, be sure to take a moment to look at their photo gallery. It is quite impressive, and clearly indicates they are on the right track.

Having been on an expedition with these folks to check their ridge line cameras, allow me to say that these guys are the real deal. The trip I attended was a quick overnighter consisting of a couple miles of off-trail hiking straight up a mountainside. Their cameras were positioned in remote and strategic locations, so after exchanging the old batteries and memory cards for fresh ones, they were left in position.

My tent teetering on a ridge line while on expedition with the OP.

My opinion of the possible sasquatch photographs posted on their website is that unfortunately there isn't enough information in the pictures to identify the animal shown. Such a strong claim needs to be supported by equally strong evidence. I don't know what's in the photographs, but I do know that clearer photographic evidence is needed.

Could it be a sasquatch? I suppose. Due to the Patterson/Gimlin Film, the bar on photographic evidence has been set pretty high. If the bigfoot needs to be pointed out in the photograph, the picture probably is not "good enough" (even though it might actually show a bigfoot!).

Please keep in mind, I do think that the OP is on the right track. I believe they have a better than average chance of succeeding in their quest for this elusive strong evidence. I believe this because they are doing the right things in the right places, as well as learning from their experiences and refining their techniques. Knowing them, I can also attest that they are a persistent bunch...

Adaptation and persistence are valuable skills to have in the bigfoot arena.


  1. I agree that they are in the right place and on track. The fact they learn from their mistakes and refine techniques as they learn gives them a very good chance at success. Go OP!

  2. So, wow, this is 3 years old. I just heard about this on Destination America while watching Monsters and Mysteries in America. This project was discussed in the episode where someone claimed to have shot 2 bigfoot and had samples from the kill site.

    I was hoping that the project was still current but I guess it's defunct now?

  3. Trap it, tranquilize it, show it !!! Enough of really bad blurry pictures of Bigfoot. If its a real animal it can be caught, in 1834 three were caught, so why can't you people professionals catch it already?? It's either a demon or real like a gorilla.

  4. I think there is enough evidence to conclude that trail cameras with IR sensors and flash can be seen by BF. If not seen they know what cameras are. Otherwise why would they frequently approach from behind, move the cameras and stick fingers or sticks in front of the lens? To prove my theory cameras have to passive, not emit light in any frequency, and be hidden so well that a human would not notice them. If that is done, I think in the right location people might start having success with pictures.